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Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2022

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Closing date: 
31 August 2022
Entry: 
Open to all. Entry fee Poetry entries £12 | Short Fiction entries £18
Prize: 
£2,500 awarded to both the Poetry and Short Fiction winners and publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Anthology, which is awarded to 60 writers, shortlisted by the judging panel.

The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award is an international literary prize that is a hotbed for new talent in Poetry and Short Fiction. Now in its 16th year, the Prize supports both emerging and established writers. By entering, writers can showcase their work to key industry figures and organisations including The Poetry SocietyLively and well-presented UK site supporting poetry with 4,000 members internationally and some thoughtful content. www.poetrysociety.org.uk, Granta, VINTAGE and more.

The Short Fiction and Poetry winners have gone to achieve widespread acclaim, including nominations for the T. S. Eliot Prize and Forward Prize. The prize attracts thousands of entries each year from across the world and is an outstanding resource to discover the best new voices in creative writing.

Winners are selected for both categories and awarded £2,500 in prize money. Publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual, Full membership of The Poetry Society (Poetry Winner), a free 10-week Online Course from  the Poetry School (Poetry Winner), Consultation with Redhammer Management

Specialises in works with international potential.

Unpublished authors must be professional in their approach and have major international potential, ideally book, film and/or TV.

Submissions via agents website

Children's clients include Donna Ballman, Peggy Brusseau, Gary Bushell, Brian Clegg, Maria (MG) Harris, Lucy Johnson, Amanda Lees, Michelle Paver, Kellie Santin, David Yelland.

(Fiction Winner), a selection of books from Vintage and a one year print subscription to Granta.

Aesthetica is proud to champion new writing talent and supports its writing alumni beyond the Prize, offering print and digital publicity and continued exposure across our channels.

Poetry entries £12 | Short Fiction entries £18

Submissions close 31 August 2022

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The Moth Short Story Prize 2022

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Closing date: 
30 June 2022
Entry: 
Open to all writers over 16. Entry fee €15 per story
Prize: 
1st prize €3,000, 2nd prize week-long writing retreat at Circle of Misse in France plus €250 travel stipend, 3rd prize €1,000

The Moth Short Story Prize is an important date on the literary calendar. Every year, a single judge is asked to choose three winning stories to feature in the autumn issue of The Moth.

This year's judge is Sarah Hall, the prizewinning author of three short story collections and six novels, her most recent being Burntcoat. She is a recipient of the American Academy of Arts and Letters E. M. Forster Award and Edge Hill Short Story Prize, among others, and the only person ever to have won the BBC National Short Story Award twice. As well as teaching creative writing, Sarah has judged a number of prestigious literary awards, including the Man Booker Prize and the Sunday Times (EFG/Audible).

1st prize €3,000
2nd prize week-long writing retreat at Circle of Misse in France plus €250 travel stipend
3rd prize €1,000

The Prize is open to anyone (over 16) as long as the work is original and previously unpublished. There is a word limit of 4,000.

The entry fee is €15 per story. Closing 30 June 2022.

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The Novel Prize 2022

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Closing date: 
1 June 2022
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Open to a book-length work of literary fiction written in English by published and unpublished writers from round the world. No entry fee
Prize: 
$10,000 to the winner and publication of their novel by Fitzcarraldo Editions in the UK and Ireland, Giramondo in Australia and New Zealand, and New Directions in North America

Fitzcarraldo Editions, Giramondo Publishing and New Directions have announced the biennial Novel Prize for a book-length work of literary fiction of at least 30,000 words written in English by published and unpublished writers from round the world, recognising 'works which explore and expand the possibilities of the form, and are innovative and imaginative in style'.

It offers $10,000 to the winner and publication of their novel by Fitzcarraldo Editions in the UK and Ireland, Giramondo in Australia and New Zealand, and New Directions in North America.

Cold Enough for Snow by Jessica Au was the inaugural winner, selected from more than 1,500 entries. It was published in February 2022, and rights have sold in 20 territories. Au said: "The Novel Prize has been an incredible experience - to have had the opportunity to work with publishers of the calibre of Fitzcarraldo Editions, Giramondo Publishing and New Directions, and for Cold Enough for Snow to be translated internationally from there, is something I will continue to be both amazed by and grateful for."

Entries will be open until 1 June, with Fitzcarraldo Editions reading submissions from Africa and Europe, Giramondo from Asia and Australasia, and New Directions from the Americas. The shortlist will be released in December, the winner announced in February 2023, and the winning novel published in early 2024.

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2022 Times/Chicken House writing competition

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Closing date: 
1 June 2022
Entry: 
fee Open to unpublished, unagented children’s writers based anywhere in the world. Entry fee £20
Prize: 
First Prize a publishing contract with Chicken House with an advance of £10,000, plus the offer of representation from literary agent Louise Lamont at LBA Books, Second Prize a £7,500 publishing contract plus an offer of representation

Now the biggest children's writing competition in the UK, the Times/Chicken House Children's Fiction Competition has been running for 12 years and has kickstarted the careers of many of the most established writers for both children and adults in the UK - including Jasbinder Bilan (Costa-winning author of Asha & the Spirit Bird), SJ Bennett (The Windsor Knot) and Nicki Thornton (The Last Chance Hotel series). Since the competition's inception, 62% of shortlistees have gone on to be published, including winners.

The competition is open to unpublished, unagented writers based anywhere in the world. We accept entries aimed at readers from age 7 all the way up to age 18 (Young Adult).

The top prize is a publishing contract with Chicken House with an advance of £10,000, plus the offer of representation from literary agent Louise Lamont at LBA Books, who will also be on this year's judging panel.

A second prize, the Chairman's Choice Award - awarded to the manuscript which shows the most potential - will win a £7,500 publishing contract plus an offer of representation.

Chicken House publisher Barry Cunningham said: "I'm thrilled with how this special competition just grows and grows, welcoming new talent from around the world - and how it always manages to surprise and amaze the judges with fresh new writing!"

This year's competition will be judged by a panel of industry experts, including Barry Cunningham, The Times Arts Editor Alex O'Connell, YA Book Prize-winning author Patrice Lawrence, author and booktuber Lucy Powrie, LBA Books literary agent Louise Lamont, bookseller Sanchita Basu de Sarkar from Children's Bookshop Muswell Hill, and literary scout Rosalind Ramsay.

The competition costs £20 to enter and is open to writers from all over the world, as long as they write in English, are unagented and have not had a children's book published before.

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The 2022 Page Turner Awards

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Closing date: 
31 May 2022
Entry: 
Open to all writers over 18. Entry fees
Prize: 
£35,000 prize fund

New Writing and Book Awards Aims to Change Writing Careers

The Page Turner Awards were created to change writing careers with success stories from the most impressive first 10 pages submitted.

Five different awards aim to help writers and authors to get discovered with possible literary agency representation and potentially taking a published book from page to film.

The Page Turner Writing Award offers writers and authors the chance to enter the first 10 pages of a completed, unpublished fiction or non-fiction manuscript, where a group of literary agents will read the work with a chance to get it published. Submissions are open until 31 May.

The Five awards include:

The Writing Award

Young Writer Award

Screenplay Award

Writing Mentorship

Book Award

The award welcomes both emerging writers and all genres for fiction and non-fiction from any English-speaking country across the world.

The prestigious judging panel, made up of successful award-winning authors, literary agents and publishers, is looking for vivid, cinematic writing with captivating characters and unique voices.

Winners of the Writing Award may receive representation by a literary agent.

The £35K prize fund includes a wide range  of prizes.

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The Laurel Prize 2022

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Closing date: 
17 April 2022
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Entries are open to all poets writing in the English language anywhere in the world. Self-published collections are not eligible. No entry fee
Prize: 
First Prize – £5,000 Second Prize – £2,000 Third Prize – £1,000 Prize for Best First Collection – £500

From Simon Armitage, UK Poet Laureate:

‘We are facing the most catastrophic threat to the future of our planet that we have ever encountered.'

Over the course of my ten year Laureateship I want one of the headline projects to be a prize or award that recognises and encourages the resurgence of nature and environmental writing, currently taking place in poetry.

The new wave of nature writing in non-fiction has been well documented over recent years but not enough attention has been paid to a similar move in poetry, with climate crisis and environmental concerns clearly provoking this important strand of work.

I have established The Laurel Prize as an annual award for the best collection of nature or environmental poetry to highlight the climate crisis and raise awareness of the challenges and potential solutions at this critical point in our planet's life. The Prize will dovetail and partner with The Ginkgo Prize which rewards best single poems.

In celebrating and rewarding this work, the Prize aims to encourage more of it, and to become part of the discourse and awareness about our current environmental predicament.
Building on the success of its inaugural year, the Laurel Prize will now become an international award for nature poetry written in English. This is also a way of recognising the global importance of environmentalism, and drawing together concerned voices from across the planet.

I will donate my annual Laureate Honorarium of £5,000 towards the prize money each year.

 

Judges Glyn Maxwell (chair), Tishani Doshi and Elaine Karina Byrne

First Prize - £5,000
Second Prize - £2,000
Third Prize - £1,000
Prize for Best First Collection - £500

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The Caterpillar Poetry Prize 2022

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Closing date: 
31 March 2022
Entry: 
Open to all poets across the world over the age of 16. Entry fee €14 per poem
Prize: 
€1,000

If you have written a poem you think would appeal to 7-11-year olds, then why not enter the The Caterpillar Poetry Prize 2022? The prize is open to anyone over 16, and the poem can be on any subject.

A prize of €1,000 is given to the best poem, chosen by our judge Naomi Shihab Nye, the author of numerous books of poems for adults and children. Her honours include awards from the International Poetry Forum, the National Book Critics Circle Lifetime Achievement Award and four Pushcart Prizes. In 1988, she received the Academy of American PoetsThe website of the wonderful Academy, which was founded in 1934 to support American poets at all stages of their careers and to foster the appreciation of contemporary poetry. Any poet or poetry lover would find it worth a visit.' Lavan Award, judged by W. S. Merwin. She served as a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets from 2010 to 2015, and is currently the Poetry Foundation's Young People's Poet Laureate.

The winning poem will feature in the summer 2022 issue of The Caterpillar.

Closing date 31 March 2022

‘The Caterpillar is such a unique and inspired magazine. Winning The Caterpillar Poetry Prize is all shades of wonderful!' Coral Rumble

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The BBC National Short Story Award 2022

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Closing date: 
21 March 2022
Entry: 
British nationals and UK residents, aged 18 years or over. No entry fee
Prize: 
Winner £15,000 plus 4 shortlisted authors £600

The BBC National Short Story Award with Cambridge University (NSSA) and BBC Young Writers' Award with Cambridge University (YWA) opened for submissions at 9am on Thursday 13th January 2022.The BBC National Short Story Award is one of the most prestigious for a single short story, with the winning author receiving £15,000, and four further shortlisted authors £600 each. The stories are broadcast on Radio 4 and published in an anthology by Comma Press.

Enter a story of no more than 8,000 words.

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PFD Queer Fiction Prize 2022

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Closing date: 
1 March 2022
Entry: 
Anyone who identifies as LGBTQIA+ and who is un-agented and in the process of writing a piece of fiction is eligible to enter. No entry fee
Prize: 
Three category winners will receive representation at PFD and guidance for completing their novel

PFDRepresents authors of fiction and non-fiction, children's writers, screenwriters, playwrights, documentary makers, technicians, presenters and public speakers throughout the world. Has 85 years of international experience in all media. PDF now have a POD section. Some good advice for those seeking a representative. are running a Queer Fiction Prize in 2022 for new LGBTQIA+ writers to find emerging talent. Winners will be signed to PFD and supported in writing to the end of their novels. There are three separate categories for Adult, YA and Children's fiction, and judging alongside the agents will be two PFD authors.

Adult Fiction Prize:

Judged by Okechukwu Nzelu and agent Cara Lee Simpson. Accepting fiction samples for upmarket and literary fiction across all genres. Applicants are asked to submit a three-chapter sample and synopsis. Works may be finished or in-progress.

YA Fiction Prize:

Judged by E. Latimer and agents Silvia Molteni and Lucy Irvine. Accepting YA fiction samples across all genres. Applicants are asked to submit a three-chapter sample and synopsis. Works may be finished or in-progress.

Children's Fiction Prize:

Judged by E. Latimer and agents Silvia Molteni and Lucy Irvine. Accepting middle grade (aimed at readers aged 8-12) and chapter books (aimed at readers aged 6-8) fiction samples across all genres. Applicants are asked to submit a three-chapter sample and synopsis. Works may be finished or in-progress.

Eligibility Criteria:

Anyone who identifies as LGBTQIA+ and who is un-agented and in the process of writing a piece of fiction is eligible to enter. Submissions do not necessarily have to be about LGBTQIA+ experiences as long as the writer identifies as such, though we are especially interested in stories with LGBTQIA+ characters or themes.

Works do not need to be complete as the prize will be representation at PFD and support in writing to the end of your novel.

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Gingko Prize for Ecopoetry 2021

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Closing date: 
31 January 2022
Entry: 
Open to all poets from across the world Entry fee: first submission £7 then £4 for each additional poem.
Prize: 
First prize £5,000, second prize £2,000 and third prize £1,000

The Ginkgo Prize for Ecopoetry is a major international award for poems embracing ecological themes.

The first prize is £5,000, second prize is £2,000 and third prize is £1,000, with an additional £500 prize for the ‘Best Poem of Landscape' sponsored by the AONB family. In addition the winner will receive a residency (location to be confirmed).

Open to all poets of 18 and over from all over the world. Poems don't need to address a specific theme, but should in some way - thematically, structurally, linguistically or formally - investigate ecology, the environment, or the relationship between human culture and the natural world.


Our Judges

The judges are Camille T Dungy, Anna Selby and Sara Hudston

The Prize aims to highlight the role poetry can play in raising awareness, gaining insight, and provoking concern for the ecological imperatives of our time.

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2021 Manchester Writing Competition

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Closing date: 
28 January 2022
Entry: 
Open to writers across the world. Entry fee for both prizes £18
Prize: 
Two £10,000 prizes are awarded: the Manchester Poetry Prize for best portfolio of poems and the Manchester Fiction Prize for best short story

The Manchester Writing Competition offers the UK's biggest literary awards for unpublished work, offered by the country's most successful writing school. The Competition was established in 2008 by Carol Ann Duffy (UK Poet Laureate 2009-19) and has awarded more than £195,000 to writers. Each year two £10,000 prizes are awarded: the Manchester Poetry Prize for best portfolio of 3-5 poems and the Manchester Fiction Prize for best short story up to 2,500 words. Designed to encourage and celebrate new writing across the globe, the competition is open internationally to new and established writers.

Poetry Prize: £10,000

Entry fee: £18 Deadline for Entries: 28 January 2022

Judges: Malika Booker (chair) with Romalyn Ante and Zaffar Kunial

£10,000 prize for the best portfolio of three to five poems (maximum combined length: 120 lines). Open internationally to new and established writers aged 16 or over (no upper age limit).

Fiction Prize: £10,000

Entry fee: £18 Deadline for Entries: 28 January 2022

Judges: Nicholas Royle (chair) with Hilaire and Simon Okotie

£10,000 prize for the best short story of up to 2,500 words. Open internationally to new and established writers aged 16 or over (no upper age limit).

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The Selfies Book Awards UK 2022

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Closing date: 
3 January 2022
Entry: 
Authors who have self-published adult fiction, children’s books or adult memoirs/autobiography in the UK between January and December 2021. Entry fee: £30 per title to include a six-month subscription to Bookbrunch
Prize: 
£750 cash prize for each category plus other prizes

Now in its fourth year, the 'hugely popular' Selfies book awards - powered by UK trade journal BookBrunch - have opened and will again reward three categories of self-published books: adult autobiography/memoir, adult fiction and children's books.

Sponsored by IngramSpark® and supported by the London Book Fair and Nielsen Book, these awards recognise one of the fastest growing parts of the book market. Submissions are now welcomed, and the closing date will be Monday 3rd January 2022.

Shortlists will be announced at the end of February, and the Selfies Awards for 2022 in all three categories will be announced at the London Book Fair Author HQ in April next year.

All titles submitted need to have been published in English in the UK between January and December 2021. Entries will be accepted only from authors based in the UK who are predominantly or exclusively self-published - ie, where the author acts as the publisher/creative director.

Originally launched in the UK in 2018, the awards seek to uncover new talent and reward the very best self-published authors each year.The Selfies Book Awards are judged on the following criteria:

  • A fantastic story that entertains and delights the reader
  • A well produced book
  • An enticing cover and blurb that successfully addresses the target audience
  • An effective and creative marketing and publicity strategy that has the potential to achieve great sales

Prizes:

The winners in each category receive a cash prize of £750, a profile in BookBrunch, a winners certificate and other publishing opportunities and packages from our sponsors and supporters. Shortlisted authors receive free entry to the London Book Fair, and the LBF Author HQ.

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